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Abstract #2588

Assessment of Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer Effects in Liver Tissue at 7T

Kejia Cai1, Mohammad Haris1, Anup Singh1, Santosh Gaddam1, Dania Daye1, Kalli Grasley1, Gerald Zsido II1, Hari Hariharan1, Ravinder Reddy1

1CMROI, Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The objective of the present study was to determine the chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) effects of water signal in normal and pathological liver samples on 7T MR clinical scanner, ex-vivo. In all liver tissue samples, the z-spectra showed a dip around ~2.75ppm downfield to the bulk water resonance, suggestive of exchangeable proton at this frequency. The pathological tissues showed significantly higher CEST contrast compared to normal. We are hypothesizing that the formation of liver fibrosis in various disease conditions may be expressing metabolites with exchanging groups resonating at the observed CEST frequency.